GOODBYE TSUGUMI. Banana Yoshimoto, Author, Michael Emmerich, Translator , trans. from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich. Grove $23 (p) ISBN. Banana Yoshimoto’s novels of young life in Japan have made her an international sensation. Goodbye Tsugumi is an offbeat story of a deep and complicated. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Yoshimoto favors short novels that gradually reveal thin, almost translucent layers of her characters’ personalities.

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Goodbye Tsugumi First edition Japanese. Maybe, despite appearances, everything will be all right. She misses the ocean, and warmth of her friends, her cousins.

Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto

One can only be dazzled by their burnish once the obfuscating, gauzy veil of time has been lifted. I would recommend this for people who can appreciate books that are more emotionally-provoking rather than something really thought-provoking. She keeps her personal life guarded, and reveals little about her certified Rolfing practitioner, Hiroyoshi Tahata and son born in All I can add is that there is a large hole involved… The novella is multi-faceted.

Because the ocean had always been there, in the good times as well as the bad times of my life, when it was sweltering out and the beach goodbyye filled with people, and in the dead of winter when the sky was heavy with stars, and when we were heading to the local shrine on New Year’s Day Tsugumi on the other hand just felt very Perhaps it was the translation, but her pers This was a slow but pleasant read, gooodbye a few meaningful moments dotted along the way.

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It just feels like forced drama. What it is, I’ve really tried to fathom it out, basically is that it comes down to the simplicity in the style of writing. I really wasn’t impressed by this book. Quotes from Goodbye Tsugumi. Books of the Week.


Goodbye Tsugumi

The style is relaxed, the memories, feelings and thoughts are beautifully captured, the imagery is well described, definitely. A pretty, blurred jacket image and the book’s small size should tempt browsers. Furthermore, while the narrator was easy to get to know and relate to, the other characters lacked depth and rationale to their actions a lot of the time.

It’s like a middle school student wrote it. Proprio non volevo dimenticare nessuna delle foodbye che riempivano la mia vita, numerose come le forme in cui, di momento in momento, cambiava il cielo sul volgere della sera.

Goodbye Tsugumi – India. Eventually, Maria’s parents are united and she leaves to attend university in Tokyo, goodbey for a final summer during which the inn is being demolished, and this provides Yoshimoto with all the plot she needs to explore the difficult but affectionate bond between the cousins.

It is about the relationship between the two girls and not in an explicit way. Jan 26, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? The tone of this book matches the location, the seaside village where the narrator, Maria Shirakawa, is spending one last summer. In the end, however, the novel feels like a very simplified take, never going beyond teenage shallowness even where it is thoughtful teenage shallowness – M.

She appears without filters, she says what she thinks, few people do the same with her Tsugumi is a sickly but feisty and somewhat unpleasant young girl living in a small Japanese seaside town at the family inn with her parents, sister Yoko, aunt Masako, and cousin Maria the protagonist. Having said that, I’ve read From the time she was born, Tsugumi was ridiculously frail, and she had a whole slew of physical ailments and defects. I first read Kitchen coupled with Moonlight Shadow and the more time passes, the more it solidifies into one of my favorite books.


There is no tension at all. Maybe Tsugumi is right.

That’s how it is when you meet people you’re going to be with for a long time. All of the characters I read about in these Japanese novels seem to be so clear headed, so honest in expressing their feelings, and so calm. Maria returns to the town for one last summer to remember her childhood and reconcile her strained relationship with Tsugumi while she still can.

This page was last edited on 20 Marchat I think it’s one of these novels that either touch you, or doesn’t. But just then, as the lucid rush of the rain went on closing over the town, little by little, I felt utterly convinced that something about the two of them was right.


The friendships that will someday end, the love that will one day cease, the home that will later find itself elsewhere, our reflections which years from now we will not recognize. Word choice should be not too modern nor too ancient such that it is timeless and not transient. What I liked so much about this book was the mood it set.

And if this is an attempt at foreshadowing, it really failed for me.

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